Swisspearl Fibre Cement Cladding for New YMCA

June 2019 saw the opening of a new 1.5M state-of-the art facility in Jervis Street. The Department of Education provided funding, with some 40K raised by the YMCA.  The building holds a superb sports hall an industrial sized kitchen, meeting rooms and also spaces for arts & crafts.  Additionally, there are spaces which can be screened off or opened up, to cater for various events. It will therefore for perfect for a range of community activities.  The entire centre is disability friendly, which is a crucial priority for any modern build.  The exterior landscaped area has a gas fire pit built in and raised planter beds.

Exterior building material 

Swisspearl fibre cement cladding panels give the building it’s modern exterior finish.  At the early stages of the project, our team worked closely with both the architect and the main contractor, Bavan.  Our role was assisting in the overall design and layout of the panels.  With the layout agreed a site survey was completed, allowing Bavan to install the sub-frame whilst waiting for delivery.   Swisspearl cut the panels at their factory and deliver directly to site, therefore minimising cutting and waste material on location.

Project Management

The collaborative approach taken benefited the project as follows:

  • Reduced wastage by 5% – pre-planning the layout helped to both reduce waste and costs.
  • Operational efficiency – allowing contractors to plan and work within a schedule.
  • Panels came pre-cut to site – no cutting and reduced spread of dust and pollution.
  • Less handling – panels packed per pallet, for ease of use and keeping them clean.
  • Less downtime – quicker to install.

The product chosen was from the Swisspearl Carat range and the colour chosen was 7020.  This particular panel and colour comes with a high resistance coating as standard. This high tech coating ensures colour durability, and the appearance will remain stable for a long time.  It gives outstanding weather resistance and excellent protection against staining.  All the Swisspearl fibre cement panels are fire resistance and have a fire classification of A2  S1 D0.